Many Jamaicans of at least 30 years old can vividly recall the devastation caused by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. One scene of the storm’s aftermath is pictured above.
June 1 marked the beginning of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season and researchers from the United States and United Kingdom have already predicted above-average activity for the period, which ends November 30. One of the earliest of these disasters on record is the hurricane of 1780, which seemed intent on wiping out the western parishes of Westmoreland and Hanover, as well as parts of St James and St Elizabeth.
Although we can never be 100 per cent prepared to deal with the full force of a hurricane or even a less powerful tropical storm, there are measures we can take to ensure personal safety and minimise property damage in most instances. Check out these preparation tips and resources for more information.